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In the box
The Logitech G430 are above-average gaming headphones with a good-enough sound for critical listening. They're comfortable and have a decent mic that filters a lot of noise. However, they're not very versatile headphones. They won't do well in loud environments, they leak a lot and they're not made for sports or commuting.
These Headphones are currently our best Budget Gaming Headset.
- Negligible latency.
- Good audio reproduction and microphone.
- Comfortable and breathable design.
- Mediocre build quality.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Relatively high leakage.
The Logitech G430 are lightweight gaming headphones with well-padded ear cups but they're a bit tight on the head. This makes them a bit less comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions but they may loosen a bit over time. They're also not the most versatile headphones to take outdoors, and their build quality feels a bit cheap and less durable than some of the other gaming headphones we've tested so far. They have a simple and straightforward design that's easy-to-use for gaming but not ideal for any other use case.
The Logitech G430 have the same look and feel as most of the Logitech gaming headsets. They have large square-ish ear cups and a wide headband. They also stand out a bit more than typical headphones thanks to the slightly flashy color accents. Unfortunately, they won't be the most outdoor-friendly headphones since they're somewhat bulky and you can't detach the mic.
The Logitech G430 are lightweight and comfortable headphones that are a bit too tight on the head. Their ear cups are spacious and large enough to fit comfortably around most listeners' ears. The headband and earcups are well padded, although the material used for the padding does not feel as nice on the skin as some of the other headphones we've tested.
These headphones have a simple button layout that just gives you control over the volume level and the ability to turn the mic off. This control scheme is easy-to-use and responsive but lacks too much functionality to make the G430 an all-purpose headphone.
- 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
These are decently breathable headphones for an over-ear closed-back design. The porous pads of the earcups allow a bit of air flow which keeps the outer ear relatively cool. However, since they create a fairly good seal around your ears they will make you sweat a bit more than average if you use these headphones while doing strenuous physical activities. They're not made and won't be the ideal headphones for sports but at least you can wear them a little longer than some of the other gaming headsets like the HyperX Cloud Stinger and Cloud Revolver.
The Logitech G430, like most gaming headphones, do not have the most portable design. They're big and bulky with large ear cups that only lay flat and do not fold into a more compact format. They're a hassle to carry on you if you don't have a bag or a backpack and do not come with a case or pouch which is slightly disappointing.
The Logitech G430 have a decent metal frame that makes the headband somewhat durable but the rest of their build quality feels cheap. The joints especially do not feel particularly durable and although the ear cups are dense enough to handle a few accidental drops without getting damaged, the whole build is creaky and feels a little weak. Also, the cable is relatively thin, not detachable and non-replaceable.
The headphones are just stable enough for casual use but will not be ideal for running or working out. They're a bit tight on the head so they don't move much when gaming or walking around. However, since they're not made for sports, they're a bit cumbersome and will easily sway and potentially fall off your head if you use them while doing physical activities. The cable is also not detachable so it will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.
The Logitech G430 is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. They have a very good, punchy, and deep bass, an excellent and well-balanced mid-range which is great for vocals, and a good treble. This makes the headphones suitable for most genres from classical, rock and EDM. They also have decent imaging and distortion performance. However, their bass is slightly hyped and prone to inconsistencies, and their treble is on the warm side, lacking a bit of detail. Also, like most other headphones, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The bass is very good. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 22Hz, which is great and more than what most speakers are able to reach. Accordingly, low-bass is over our neutral reference by about 2dB. Mid-bass and high-bass are also overemphasized, but by more than 3dB. Overall, the bass is thumpy, punchy, and well-balanced, but bit hyped and north of neutral which fans of bass will appreciate.
The mid-range of the Logitech G430 is excellent. The response is flat, even and within 0.2dB of our neutral reference. This ensures a clear mix and a well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. The mismatch between the L/R driver is taken into consideration in the Imaging category, but it's not significant.
The treble is good. The response is rather uneven, but still relatively balanced, being underemphasized by only 2.5dB. The results in a treble that is a tad low on brightness and detail, especially on S and T sounds.
The Logitech G430 has a mediocre frequency response consistency performance. These headphones are prone to consistency issues throughout the range, especially in the bass range. The maximum variance measured across our five human subjects was about 9dB at 20Hz, which is noticeable. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a drop in bass. In the treble range, the maximum amount of deviation below 10KHz, is about 6dB, indicating that these headphones' treble delivery is rather sensitive to positioning.
The imaging is very good. Their weighted group delay is at 0.4, which is good. The GD graph shows that the response doesn't cross our audibility threshold, except for the area around 70Hz. This means that they have a transparent treble, but their bass may lack a bit of punch in kick drums, but not enough to be significant. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-match, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voices, footsteps) in the stereo image.
The soundstage is sub-par. Their PRTF response has above-average accuracy, but not a lot activation (size). The PRTF distance value, which gives cues regarding the distance and angle of the source is also very low. Therefore, the soundstage will be perceived to be quite small and located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in-front. The high openness value however, makes their soundstage feel more spacious than that of highly isolating headphones.
The Logitech G430 have a decent harmonic distortion performance. At 90dB SPL, the amount of distortion in the bass range is within good limits, however, it increases measurably as the volume increases. In the treble range, we noticed an overall decrease in distortion at 100dB SPL which could be either to the noise floor or diaphragm stiffness.
The Logitech G430 have a poor isolation performance. Although the ear cups make a decent seal around your ears, the breathable padding lets noise easily seep into your audio and also leaks a lot of sound. This means the headphones won't be ideal if you have a very noisy gaming environment or your trying to not disturb those around you.
The isolation is poor. Although their enclosure design is closed-back, their breathable pads make them perform more like an open headphone. Therefore, they do not achieve any isolation in the bass range, important for cutting out the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, occupied mostly by speech, they reduce outside noise by about 4dB, which is barely noticeable. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they achieved 10dB of isolation, which is also poor.
The leakage performance is sub-par. The significant portion of their leakage is between 400Hz and 5KHz, which is relatively broad range. This means their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full-bodied as that of open-back headphones. Also, the overall level of their leakage is not very loud, peaking at around 60dB SPL at 1 foot away, which is just above the noise floor of most offices.
The Logitech G430 have an above-average boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin, but with quite a bit of presence and detail. This makes speech easily understandable. In noisy situations, they perform great and are able to separate speech from unwanted noise, even in very loud environments, like a subways station or a gaming competition.
The microphone has a decent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 538Hz means that speech recorded/transmitted with this headset won't have any bass, and will sound quite thin. However, due to the decent frequency response and good high-frequency extension (HFE) of 9.7KHz, speech will have quite a bit of presence and detail, meaning it will be quite intelligible.
- 100% SpNR
The noise handling performance of the G430's boom mic is great. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 28dB, indicating they are able to separate speech from ambient noise to a very good degree, even in very loud environments.
The Logitech G430 doesn't have any active features but thanks to the great Logitech gaming software, you can control many aspects of the sound quality and surround sound effect. You get an equalizer, surround sound options and microphone level control. It's a great app and one of the only software to support a wired headset. However, you have to use the USB adapter if you want to use the Logitech gaming software.
No battery life since they're wired, passive headphones.
The Logitech gaming software also supports the G430. This gives them access to a simple graphic equalizer, volume and microphone level control. You can also switch between Dolby 7.1 or DTS surround sound. The app is a little more restricted on the G430 than the G930 because they do not have as many features, but overall it's an easy to use and versatile software.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Logitech G430 are wired passive headphones. They're compatible with the PS4 and PC with the USB adapter and can provide audio with console controllers. Since they're wired they have negligible latency for gaming and watching movies but do not have the convenient range of some of the wireless gaming headsets we've tested.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The Logitech G430 have a wired connection with a USB adapter that provides volume and microphone compatibility for the PS4 and PCs. However, they only provide audio for Xbox ONe unless you can find a Y splitter adapter and connect it to the Xbox's controller.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the Astro A50.
These headphones do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
The USB wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.
In the box
- Logitech G430 Headphones
- USB headset adapter
Compared to other Headphones
The Logitech G430 is a customizable wired headset for gaming. They have a low latency connection and support the Logitech gaming software, which gives them more features and customization options than typical wired gaming headsets. They also have a more breathable design but a mediocre-at-best build quality that will not be as durable as some of the competing models below.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger, like the Logitech G430, are wired gaming headsets with a decently comfortable design, and a good sound quality. They have a better boom mic that's compatible with most consoles, and they're a bit better built. The Logitech headphones are a bit more open and breathable thanks to the porous padding on the ear cups. If you have very long gaming sessions, the more breathable design of the G430 makes them the slightly better choice.
The Corsair Void RGB is a decently customizable wireless headset for gaming. They have a comfortable design, a decent build quality, and they're moderately breathable like the G430. However, since they do not have a wired connection, you cannot use them with the Xbox or PS4 controllers, and the USB dongle only works with PCs. This makes them suitable for PC gamers but not ideal for consoles. If you mostly game on PC, then the Corsair is a good, decently affordable option but for consoles, go for the Logitech instead.
The HyperX Cloud II is a wired gaming headset with a more durable build quality than the G430. These headphones also more outdoor-friendly since you can remove the mic, and use them as casual everyday headphones, unlike the Logitech. They're also a bit more comfortable with more spacious earcups. If you need a decently versatile gaming headset that you can also use outdoors, get the Cloud II instead. However, they're more expensive than the G430 and do not sound as good.
The Astro A10 is a wired gaming headset with negligible latency for gaming. They have a slightly worse sound quality but a more durable design. They also look a bit more polished and high-end than the Logitech. However, they're more expensive and aren't as customizable since they have no software support. If you care more about sound quality and customization options, get the G430, but if you need a simple wired design to use with your PC and consoles, the A10 are a good alternative.
Questions & Answers
We do not yet have a full stress test, to confirm the poor headband, that won't also break the headphones and can be applied across our entire test bench. However, like the Sony MDR-1000X, we adjust our scores if there are enough people expressing concerns over a manufacturer defect. We will continue to monitor forum threads and if there is enough support for this issue to warrant adjusting the score, the review will be updated.
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